Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Love You Deerly Popcard

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I'm featuring my first Valentine's Day card of the season and I'm super excited about it! This card features the cutest deer that is all tangled up in a string of heart lights.

Click on the video thumbnail above to see the video. If that isn't available on your device, you can click on the included link instead.
3D Deer Popcard video link

Most crafters are always searching for good deals. To that end, I was out at Michaels not too long after Christmas when they were clearancing their Christmas items at 70% off. There was a Popcard set from Art Impressions (Hampton Art) that I wasn't familiar with but I was pretty intrigued by it. It's a stamp and die combination that allows you to create a really big pop-up element in a card. I decided that the reindeer Popcard was just too cute and inexpensive to pass up. Although the reindeer is super cute I didn't want to wait until next year to use him. I thought there had to be a way to alter him for Valentine's Day. After "racking" (LOL) my brain for a while, I figured out a way to do it.

Here's my remake of this cutie to fit the Valentine theme. I covered the light stamps that were in his antlers with small metallic hearts. This transformed his Christmas lights into Valentine lights. I changed out his red Rudolph nose for a black one and added white nostrils. Then instead of putting bells on his collar, I added more of the metallic hearts. These changes made him look more like a regular deer than a reindeer.

The popup feature in this set is really awesome. He stands a full 3/4" above the card base so he's super dimensional. I did have a little trouble putting him together. Afterwards, I finally took a look on YouTube to see if there were any tutorials out there. Well, I should have looked for that first. I made it more difficult than it had to be. I also discovered through the videos on this that there is a whole series of different Popcards that have been created. If you purchase any of the Popcard series, be sure to look for the AI tutorial which clearly shows the assembly and some key tips to make it easier. The package instructions are woefully incomplete and will only leave you tearing your hair out if you rely on them alone. Just saying from my own experience! Now that I get it, I'm going to purchase some more of these Popcard designs. They are really fun.

In the end I was happy with the results. The only problem was that I concentrated so hard to get the phrase Deerly inside the card, I spelled it Dearly instead of Deerly! Hopefully my 12-year old son won't pick up on that when I give it to him. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. Keep an eye out as I plan to post several Valentine projects in the next few weeks.

-Janet

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Loaded Envelope with CottageCutz


Hello everyone! It's Janet here for my first post of the new year. January has certainly started with a cold slap in the face for many. It's been rough but I don't mind having an extra excuse for hibernating in my craft nook! How about you?

I'm detouring from my normal video tutorial to show you a loaded envelope I created using a winter theme. I have long admired the beautiful and complex looking loaded envelopes that many in the crafting world have shown off. I finally took the plunge and made one myself and I really had fun with it. I honestly was skeptical when people said they found making loaded envelopes relaxing but I have to admit that I found it therapeutic. I created as I went with little more than the basics planned before I started. First I picked a theme (winter) and then chose dies I thought fit the theme. I picked a color scheme and made the empty envelope with paper stock that worked. Then I set about cutting pieces for the project, coloring and piecing them. Finally, I looked at all the pieces I had and started creating the elements that would ultimately load the envelope. Many of the items I made are featured in the photos below.

       





In the end I created cards, flowers, snowflakes, various clips with snowflakes and deer, rosette wands, gift card holders and several pockets and tags for my loaded envelope. I have a few extra pieces left over but I will be able to use them in future projects. I'm not sure how others approach making the items that will go into their envelopes but this method worked great for me. I had a lot of fun letting the pieces tell me what to do with them. I certainly encourage you to give it a try!

To see all the parts and pieces and learn what dies I used, please click on the video thumbnail below.


Thanks for visiting today. Stay warm and safe!
- Janet

Dies used in this project:



















Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Happy New Year! Bottle Tag



Hi everyone! The new year is fast approaching and that means that many of us will attend a gathering of some sort to celebrate the arrival of 2018. Often a bottle of wine is an easy and appreciated choice for a hostess/host gift. I thought I would create a bottle tag instead of the usual wine bag to make it a little extra special. 

To construct this tag, I started with a piece of black glitter card stock and used a Scalloped Nested Die to cut the bottle neck hole. Then I used the Birch Tree die as the background and slipped the doe and fawn into the trees. The Happy New Year Ornament was cut out of gold card stock and placed on top of a doily from the Nested Stitched Doily set cut out of white holographic paper. For a final touch, I applied some chunky white glitter at the feet of the deer to appear as if they are standing in snow. You could skip this step if you are in a hurry or do not have the glitter on hand.  

This tag was made using the dies shown below but if you do not have these particular designs, use your creativity to decorate your tag in another way. For example, it does not have to say anything about the new year. Instead, you can use a Thanks or other Expression die in combination with other shapes to create your own bottle tag. There are many occasions it could be used for as well. For example, you could decorate it to celebrate a birthday or to congratulate someone for something. 


This tag was surprisingly quick to construct when you let the dies do all the work for you. If you wanted to put more time into it, you could shade the deer and the birch trees but I really wanted to show you could create this without much fuss and still get a great result.

To learn how to construct this bottle tag, click on the YouTube thumbnail below. 



Thanks for joining me here at the Scrapping Cottage. I hope you have a very happy New Year!

- Janet

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Hi! Today, I have a fun get well card that showcases an adorable little puppy in the Nurse Puppy die set from the Scrapping Cottage.

As the case with many CottageCutz dies, you are getting a lot packed into one die. Nurse Puppy includes the cute little puppy plus seven additional accessories related to the medical field. SEVEN!

Since there is so much in this set, my video today concentrates on how to piece together the puppy and all his accessories. Even if you don’t have this die, seeing how it comes together will help you pick up some tips that will come in handy with similarly detailed sets.
   
Click on the video thumbnail below to see how I put this little cutie and all her accessories together. You can also click on this link if the thumbnail is not working on your device: NURSE PUPPY PIECING TUTORIAL


Does this card base seem familiar? It’s a design that one of the Design Team members, Lois Bak, posted here a little over a year ago titled Center-Step Mushrooms. Her card base designs are always full of interest. This card base is one of many that I have stored away in my archives. I thought the center step design would work great to feature all eight pieces in this die set and I wasn’t disappointed. If you’d like to revisit her post on the blog to get the card base instructions, here is the link to that post. She includes all the measurements and instructions in it for the card base and the mushrooms she artfully placed on it: CENTER-STEP MUSHROOMS

As additional help, I’ve recorded a video tutorial of the center step card construction on my channel. Click on this link: CENTER-STEP CONSTRUCTION TUTORIAL or click on the thumbnail below:


Thanks for visiting me today. See you soon!

Hugs,

Janet

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Quick & East Christmas Cards #3

Hello everyone! I have posted the 3rd and final Quick & Easy Card #3 on my YouTube channel. 

This card uses again the same large Merry Christmas element on the front but adds an embossing folder pattern and a single cut CottageCutz bell die cut to accent the greeting. All in all, this card is also very quick to put together, especially if you employ an assembly line process. If the video thumbnail doesn't work on your phone, you can click directly on this link instead: Quick & Easy Christmas Cards # 3 (Link)
All the supplies are listed in the video description. I hope you'll stop by and watch all 3 Quick & Easy Christmas cards in the series. 


Take care and see you soon!

-Janet

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Quick & Easy Christmas Card #2

Hello there! Christmas is soon upon us and if you're like me, you've been thinking about sending out some Christmas cards. There's so many great cards you can buy but why not consider making your own this year? It can be done if you plan a simple card design that you can replicate quickly.

That's what my Quick & Easy Christmas Card series is here to help with. It's the second card in the series so if you missed the first one, please be sure to click on the thumbnail below or at this link: CARD 1


Card #2 is a little more complicated but still very doable and really not all that more time consuming. It's a pretty card showcasing a gold greeting and gorgeous big gold snowflakes on a blue background. It can be found on the thumbnail below or at this link: CARD 2


Supplies used for this card:

White card stock for 5 x 7 card base
White card stock for center panel 4.5 x 6.5 
VersaMark Ink
Ranger Extra Fine Detail embossing powder - gold

Distress Oxide ink - Broken China
Designer Stamps from Echo Park Co. - Christmas Sentiments & Snow is Falling

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Oh No Kitty Get Well Card - Double Window Fancy Fold

Hello everyone! It's my turn to share a project using CottageCutz dies for the Scrapping Cottage. I all of you enjoyed a few days off and lots of time with family and friends! Likely among all that you visited with there were people recovering from a cold or some other ailment. It seems so many people are suffering with something or other right now.

There's no better way to make someone feel better than to receive a cheery get well card from someone. Well, we have that covered! You've been seeing lots of the new get well projects from our talented design team lately and I'm showing another twist on the Oh No Kitty die. This kitty is so darn cute with all of his little owies bandaged up! I couldn't help but us it on a project.


Click on the thumbnail link to learn how this double-window card was made. It's a little tricky to cut the windows so they are centered over each other but pretty easy once you learn a few tips. You can also click on this link to watch the video: VIDEO LINK


If you'd like to see all twelve of the Get Well themed dies in the new release, click on the thumbnail link below. You can also get there by clicking on this link: VIDEO LINK

These dies and many others found in the Scrapping Cottage site are on sale through December 1st. Don't miss it!


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